To develop a cost effective, adaptable curriculum feasible for an in home setting that can accommodate large number of students.
In 2006, McMaster University, in partnership with an agency called Community Rehab, received funding from Health Force Ontario for a 15 month project to design, develop and evaluate an interprofessional home placement program for nursing and medical students with community rehabilitation clinicians. The program specifically focused on MD, Nursing and Rehab professionals as McMaster’s experience with nursing and medical students demonstrated a lack of awareness of the rehabilitation needs of patients in the home and scope of practice of rehabilitation professionals.
McMaster was the ideal place to coordinate this program because The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University has long prided itself on its history of interprofessional collaboration (IPC). The commitment to IPC was reaffirmed in a report in 2004 which recommended the development of a new interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum. Prior to graduation, students are required to participate in a minimum of 3 IPE events, one of which is a clinical placement. McMaster’s philosophical approach reinforces the notion that IPE should begin early in the student's program, and occur in both academic and clinical settings. The establishment of a Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) in the FHS in 2007 is further evidence of its commitment to IPC, ideally positioning McMaster to undertake this endeavour.
Community Rehab is a dynamic company of rehabilitation professionals and a leader in the development of community based innovative, ethical, client-centred services, outcome measures, research and education. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered dietitians, speech language pathologists, social workers, provide service in homes, schools, workplaces, hospitals, and residential care facilities throughout Ontario for seniors, adults and children. As a progressive organization we are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest together for collaborative research and interprofessional education.
For more information, please visit the Community Rehab website.
" I am now aware that my primary role in this initiative is 'opening the eyes' of the medical students as to the importance and functioning of community care."
— clinician taking part in the training workshop